Boston Market Getting Rid of Salt Shakers

Fast Food Chain Also Removing Salt From Dishes

Boston Market, the casual-dining chain best known for chicken rotisseries and salty side dishes, said it is going to ditch the salt.

The company will remove salt shakers from tables at all 476 locations and will reduce sodium levels in three signature items, reported USA Today.

The chain plans to reduce salt in its rotisserie chicken, macaroni and cheese and mashed potatoes by 20 percent in the next six months.

Signs on tables will explain the sodium reduction effort. Salt shakers will be placed by beverage stations.

The move comes as several major food makers, including Burger King, have made plans to reduce sodium at the urging or health advocacy groups.

Boston Market sells 48 million servings of rotisserie chicken, 24 million servings of mashed potatoes, and 21.6 million servings of macaroni and cheese each year.

CEO George Michel told USA Today that Boston Market will reduce sodium levels by 15 percent menu-wide by the end of 2014.

"It's time for us to focus on making our food better," he said.

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